Further commitments to WA Northern Australia Roads

Media Release

DC156/2016

24 October 2016

Joint release with:

Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

  • The Turnbull-Joyce Coalition Government is committed to developing Northern Australia to support economic development and job creation.
  • More than $171 million is being invested in Western Australia NARP road projects.
  • Two significant road upgrades announced—Bow River Bridge and Broome to Cape Leveque Road.

Heavy vehicles and commuters in northern Western Australia will benefit from further commitments to two priority projects, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

The Australian Government is committing an extra $83.32 million towards upgrades to the Bow River Bridge on the Great Northern Highway and the Broome to Cape Leveque Road, under the Australian Government's Northern Australia Roads Programme (NARP).

“This new funding builds on the almost $90 million previously committed under the NARP totalling more than $171 million,” Mr Chester said.

“The Bow River Bridge project will involve replacing the existing single-lane bridge with a new two-lane bridge, reducing the need for heavy vehicles to come to a complete stop for oncoming traffic, saving fuel and time.

“Works will also be undertaken to reconstruct the Broome to Cape Leveque Road. This project will help improve road safety on the main transport link through the Dampier Peninsula.

“This investment helps improve safety for all road users, ensures the viability of rural industries, and increase access for communities by reducing the impacts of floods and seasonal road closures.

“This investment will also complement the previously announced upgrades to sections of the Great Northern Highway at Wyndham Spur and Maggies Jump Up and improve the overall reliability of the Highway for not only the cattle industry but indeed broader road users.”

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said the objective of the Programme was to fund priority projects that would support economic development and regional communities in Northern Australia.

"We have a unique opportunity to develop the north, especially thanks to the strong growth we are seeing in Asia. Our investments in northern roads will help cut down the costs of getting goods to overseas markets and help us take advantage of these opportunities,” Senator Canavan said.

“The Coalition Government has achieved lower trade barriers through a number of free trade agreements. Better roads help us take better advantage of these new opportunities."

The projects are jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments on an 80:20 funding arrangement.